Korean Folk Tales
lm Bang and Yi Riuk
"To any one who would like to look somewhat into the inner soul of the Oriental,
and see the peculiar spiritual existences among which he lives, the following
stories will serve as true interpreters, born as they are of the three great religions
of the Far East, Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism." Manuscripts by two of
Korea's (possibly) most famous authors, dating from the seventeenth and early
eighteenth centuries were uncovered in the early years of the twentieth century.
Translation revealed stories that are not for the faint-hearted: gruesome, harsh,
unlovely, depicting scenes of the day, as well as the hope for better things.
Total running time 5:23:78
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